Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Waste Not, Want Not

The other day I had to throw away a bit of produce that had gone bad. It wasn't much, but I still felt so bad thinking about the many people who go without food. I made a choice right then and there than I would never let any produce go to waste again. That means only buying or picking as much as we can eat, incorporating more fruits and veggies into every meal, and knowing when to freeze, dehydrate, can, or share a surplus of food. We picked fresh corn, beans, peppers, cucumbers, and potatoes on the farm last night. I felt so grateful for all the healthy food and I am gearing up for a few days of canning. Weeding, picking, and canning is a lot of work, but every time I open a jar of our own canned green beans it is well worth it! We are so blessed to share in the harvest with Danny's family!

PS: I've been having a great time making custom lemonade this summer. Mix in pureed mango, strawberries, watermelon, etc. to your fresh lemon or limeade. This tastes so refreshing and is another great way to add in that fruit! Tastes even better in a chilled mason jar with a pretty straw;)



Stephanie said...

I have the same resolution about produce, LJ. We don't have garden space, but I love our veggie co-up group. It's tough, though, 'cause the mister doesn't really eat veggies. *sigh* I have a LOT of frozen produce & have shared a lot with the ladies that I VTeach and do yoga with, though.

P.S. Love the canned beans y'all bring to family dinners!! Add a little lemon-pepper seasoning and some toasted almonds to them . . . ta-st-y!!

Laura Nielson Baxter said...

I agree that a pretty jar and straw make everything taste better.